Daniel Diermeier

Provost of the University of Chicago
Provost; Committee Chair
Governing Committee

Daniel Diermeier serves as the thirteenth Provost of the University of Chicago. As provost, Diermeier has responsibility for academic and research programs across the University and oversees the University's budget. Prior to his appointment as Provost, Diermeier was Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy from 2014-2016. He is the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor at the Harris School and the College and a member of the Board of the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, and the Board of Trustees of NORC. 

His teaching and research focuses on formal political theory, political institutions, the interaction of business and politics, text analytics, public perception, as well as crisis and reputation management. He has published two books and over 80 research articles in academic journals, mostly in the fields of political science, economics, and management, but also in other areas ranging from linguistics, sociology and psychology to computer science and applied mathematics. Diermeier is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR). His research has been featured globally in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the EconomistBusiness Week, the Financial TimesFortune, and The New York Times.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Diermeier has taught at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, most recently as IBM Professor of Regulation and Practice in the Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (MEDS), and Director of the Ford Motor Company Center of Global Citizenship. He also held appointments in Economics, Political Science, Linguistics, and the School of Law. During his time at Northwestern he won 13 teaching awards including the 2001 Kellogg Lavengood Professor of the Year Award and the 2013 Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year Award. He was named among the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors and was the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute named the “Oscar of Business Schools” by the Financial Times.

He cofounded the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) and served as the founding academic director of the CEO Perspectives Program, one the world’s leading development programs for C-level executives. He also was chairman and cofounder of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation, dedicated to developing low-cost medical devices and winner of the 2012 Chicago “Up-and Comer” Innovation Award. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Diermeier has been an advisor to governments, non-profits and leading companies including Abbott, Accenture, Allianz, Baxter International, BP, the City of Chicago, the Government of Canada, Edelman, Ernst & Young, Exelon, the FBI, General Mills, Greenpeace, Hyatt, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, McDonald’s, Medtronic, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, Metro Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell, State Farm, UnitedHealth Group, and the United States Olympic Committee, among many others.